Georgia Fetterley, 82, of Mitchell died Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 9:30 AM Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral Home in Kearney, NE, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Arrangments by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Georgia Mae Fetterley was born December 14, 1935 in Kearney, Nebraska, She spent her childhood there, graduating from Kearney Longfellow High School in 1953. She entered Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln that fall. She met Walter “Russell” Fetterley the following year while attending college. The couple married August 11, 1955. To this union were born four children, two girls and two boys. Russ and Georgia put their educations on hold while rearing their children. They lived in Lincoln, Nebraska where Russ worked as an electrical substation operator. While in Lincoln, Georgia formed and led the first Cub Scout den for Handicapped boys in Nebraska outside of a state institution in the Belmont area of Lincoln. She also wrote numerous human-interest stories for THE LincolnLand Sun. They attended St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Belmont.
The couple moved to Highmore, SD in November 1969, where Georgia’s husband accepted a position at what is now the Department of Energy Electrical Sub-station near Crow Creek. In Highmore, they were active in the Grace Bible Church. Russ also continued serving in the Naval Reserve Construction Battalion—Sea Bees. He retired from Navy Reserves in 1985 as Petty Officer 1st Class.
Moving to Toccoa Falls, Georgia in August 1979, Russ and Georgia finished their educations. Russ received his BS in Bible and Theology May 1986. Georgia received her degree in Mass Communication. Russ often teased her, “You already knew how to communicate —biggest waste of money I ever spent.” After graduating in May 1986, they returned to live in Nebraska until August 2007, when they entered Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell, SD. While there, she founded the “Firesteel Chatter” (a small newspaper) and participated in the Nazarene Bible Study there.
Georgia enjoyed her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, gardening, reading, crocheting, and writing special interest articles, poetry and short stories. Some of her writing has been published in the “LincolnLand Sun” “The Kearney Daily Hub”, “The Highmore Herald”, “The Alliance Witness”, “NebraskaLand”, and “Firesteel Chatter.”
Georgia was preceded in death by her husband, Russ Fetterley; her father, George L. (Bud) Gifford; her mother, Millie Tobler Gifford; three brothers, Ed, Robert, and Michael Gifford; and a sister-in-law, Kathleen Collins Gifford
Grateful to have shared her life are her son, Bud Fetterley and his wife, Carolyn of Boise, Idaho; daughter, Kathleen Miedema and her husband, Phillip, of Mitchell, SD; son, Gifford Fetterley of Papillion, Nebraska; daughter, Rebecca Stone, La Vista, NE; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many friends.